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Find Everything on Your PC Quickly and Easily With Lookeen Free [10 x Enterprise Version Giveaway]

Dave LeClair 15-06-2015

Windows has features that allow you to search for files, but let’s be honest, they’re not very good.

If your computer is packed with files that you need to get to, and Windows search is leaving you wanting more, Lookeen Free is the solution for you. You can download it right now for free and find everything on your computer with ease. And, if you’re lucky, you can win one of 10 free Enterprise upgrades that we’re giving away.

Let’s take a closer look at just what it has to offer.

Setup and Installation

To get Lookeen Free, you’ll need to head over to its download page and grab the setup file. From there, it will run through a standard Windows installation process, and then you’ll be ready to start the next phase, which is indexing your files.


Indexing allows Lookeen Free to search through your files quickly. Depending on how large your drives are and how many files are on them, this can be a lengthy process. Fear not, though, because everything runs in the background, and while it does use some system resources, it will still let you run other applications and get on with your day.

Even while indexing, you can start using Lookeen to search. So if you’re in a hurry to find a particular file, you don’t need to wait until the entire indexing process is complete.

The Options screen allows you to control when and how frequently Lookeen indexes your drives. There are three options to choose from: real-time, scheduled, and manual.

Real-time indexing is performed in the background and the index is updated automatically whenever changes are detected in the file system. With the scheduled option, you may choose to run the indexing process at any time (say, at night when you’re most likely to be browsing the web). If you’re the kind of PC user who is constantly downloading and changing your files, you’ll want to index your drives more often. Otherwise, you can set it to do so less frequently, or even initiate indexing manually. Just don’t forget to do it, because indexing helps to speed up your searches and keeps them more relevant.

Lookeen Free Key Features


With Lookeen Free, you’re getting all kinds of tremendous features that will make finding anything on your computer incredibly easy. In fact, Lookeen recently made its free app better, because it used to only allow searching on C: drive, but now, you can search multiple drives, whether internal or external, so even if your files are spread all over the place, you’ll be able to find them.


When performing a search, you can narrow down the results using some simple filters. For example, you can limit your search to just a certain time period. If you’ve been using your computer for years and you know the file you’re looking for is new, then you can omit the older files and quickly find what you need.


Perhaps being able to find what you need isn’t enough of a reason to download Lookeen Free. What about ability to preview and edit the files you do manage to find? Say you are looking for TXT documents and you find the one you need, you’ll be able to tweak it right within Lookeen’s preview window. This allows you to skip the step of having to open it in another program if you just want to make a couple quick adjustments.


Lookeen’s initial indexing process may take a long time, but again, the tradeoff is speeding up actual searches — they’re instant because the index has already been created. This means it begins searching as you type, which can save you some valuable time when looking for a file in a pinch.


Keeping with the speed theme, Lookeen also has a system tray icon that you can use to search at any time. Just right-click on it, and type in what you want. It doesn’t get much quicker and easier than that.

For SSD users (or anyone with a drive that’s running low on space), the index file stays pretty small. In case of my 128GB SSD, there was roughly 40GB of free space but Lookeen’s whole index folder only took up 135MB.


With the features offered in the free version, anyone who needs a better way to search their computer will be happy with Lookeen Free. Of course, some people don’t have enough files on their computer to justify a dedicated search program, and it’s definitely worth accessing your needs.

However, if you often spend tremendous amounts of time trying to look for files on your computer, Lookeen Free is definitely worth a download.

Premium Upgrade


If you decide that you love the free Lookeen experience, but you want more, you can upgrade to the Enterprise version which retails for $116 or the Standard version, at a more affordable $58. If you do choose to upgrade, here are some of the features you will gain:

  • Search in network drives
  • Search in Microsoft Outlook
  • Search on Microsoft Exchange Servers
  • Search public folders
  • Search contacts, tasks, appointments, notes, and journal
  • Free support
  • Shared index (available in Enterprise version only)
  • And much more

Thankfully, the features offered in the free version are quite impressive. All too often free versions of software feel gimped in favor of convincing you to upgrade, but Lookeen Free is feature-rich, with upgrades that add useful features, not make you feel like they are being withheld from the free version.

Wrapping Up

While not everyone is going to need a dedicated application to search for files on their PCs, anyone who does will love Lookeen Free. Searches are fast, the features are robust without being overwhelming to casual computer users. And it doesn’t use too many system resources, even during the indexing process.

If you’re looking for a PC search program, there’s no reason not to give Lookeen Free a shot!

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  1. Anonymous
    June 23, 2015 at 10:06 am

    liked and shared

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Baldo! We appreciate it :)

      -Lookeen Team-

  2. Anonymous
    June 23, 2015 at 8:39 am

    If at least out of curiosity sake, download this thing and enjoy the heaviest program with regard to Process/RAM usage ever seen by mankind.

    This thing can actually outrun Chrome with 50-tabs open...very impressive!

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Bn,

      Thanks for your feedback! We like people to download Lookeen if they are curious too :)

      Sorry to hear that Lookeen caused a strain on recourses. While the initial indexing can be a little heavy, you should be able to continue to work without any trouble. Further indexing of new/changed documents after the first index build is normally very light.

      Would you mind contacting our support team with your log file so we can help you out?

      -Lookeen Team-

  3. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Like the FREE version, but, despite what this page says can only search C: drive. Is there a way to search other (usb) drives? Thanks

    • Anonymous
      June 22, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Hi kr,

      The default settings index just the C: drive. If you want to add other local drives or external usb drives:

      Plug your usb drive in (if adding a usb), then go to 'Options' in Lookeen.
      Select your drive from the list of drives in the 'Index' tab,
      or click the 'Add Store' button to browse for the drive you'd like to index.
      Click 'Apply' and 'OK'.
      A pop up window will ask if you'd like to index the new stores and folders. Click 'yes'.
      Please wait until indexing is complete before removing any external drives.

      I hope this helps! Please feel free to reply here, or contact our support team if you need any more help.

      -Lookeen Team-

      • Anonymous
        June 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

        Took a minute to find it, but I did. Thanks

      • Anonymous
        June 22, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        Neither D: (second HD) nor F: (external) showed up in Index.
        BUT: they were both accessible via Add Store.


      • Anonymous
        June 23, 2015 at 5:58 am

        In the index tab only C:\ drive is appearing. How can other drives be indexed? Please advise.

        Prabhat Kumar Bajpai

        • Anonymous
          June 23, 2015 at 8:27 am

          Hi Prabhat,

          Please try clicking the 'Add Store' button, found at the top of the 'Index' tab inside 'Options'. You can browse for your additional files and drives from there.

          Please don't hesitate to ask if you need any more help!


          -Lookeen Team-

  4. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I will give this a go. Hopefully it will compare well to the previous gold standard (Everything.exe).
    I have to wonder though, why windows search is so utterly dire.
    A sad fact which speaks volumes about Ms

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Hi there,

      Thanks for trying out Lookeen! The main difference between Lookeen and Everything is that Lookeen indexes and searches the contents of files, whereas Everything only searches file & folder names.

      Let me know if you need more information!

      -Lookeen Team-

  5. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Anyone has an idea how is Lookeen Free compared to Google Desktop search?

    I know that GD is old and not supported anymore, but I use it at the office (WinXP) few years and it works just fine. Plus, I like that I can easily open search window by double clicking CTRL key.

    Anyway, if Lookeen Free is better choice, I may try it.

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Hi Zoran,

      Lookeen Free has a few features that make it's search capability much stronger than those of Google Desktop Search: unlimited index size (GDS does a max of 10,000 files), 25+ filter options, full document preview etc.

      You can call it up using the CTRL double click too.

      Feel free to head on over to the site to learn more about it, or contact our communications team.

      All the best,
      -Lookeen Team-

      • Anonymous
        June 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

        Siobhan, thank you for your answer.

        Unfortunately, now I saw that Lookeen can not work on WinXP (I guess because of needed version of .Net).

        • Anonymous
          June 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

          Hi Zoran,

          You're correct, XP is not officially supported by Lookeen. This is because Microsoft no longer supports XP and therefore we cannot garuantee that Lookeen will continue to work if you have problems with your OS.

          I would recommend that you try to install it anyway and see what happens. If it doesn't work, the uninstall process is simple :)

          Hope this helps!

          -Lookeen Team-

  6. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Doe this search just the file names or also the content IN a file?

    Search PDF's
    What formats does it search?


    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Hi Robin,

      Lookeen Free searches text inside documents, as well as file and folder names.
      It will be able to search text inside any document with a .pdf file type, as long as it's text and not a scanned image of text.

      Hope this answered your question! Feel free to contact me if you need any more help.

      -Lookeen Team-

  7. Anonymous
    June 18, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I'll try the Free version but wonder how this search program compares with Agent Ransack???

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Hi there,

      There are a couple of big differences between the two programs:

      Lookeen offers a full fidelity preview of your documents, which you can edit and save from within the preview window (without having to open the original program).
      Also, if you work a lot from Outlook, you can access the Lookeen Free search bar from within Outlook, so you don't have to keep switching programs.

      Thanks for trying Lookeen! Let me know if I can be of any more help.

      -Lookeen Team-

  8. Anonymous
    June 16, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Without indexing and searching network drives Free is, to me, a toy not worth the time to investigate and Enterprise is much too expensive to consider for personal use.

    • Anonymous
      June 18, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Hi Don,

      Free was designed in mind of those with perhaps only one computer & a couple of external drives. If you're looking for a more powerful tool that isn't as expensive as the Enterprise Edition, we do in fact offer a Standard Edition with access to network drives, shared folders, Outlook and more for a much lower price. You can learn more about the other editions here:

      Please feel free to email if you'd like any more information.

      All the best,
      -Lookeen Team-

  9. Anonymous
    June 16, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I've tried the free download link 3 times and it keeps saying the file is corrupted.

    • Anonymous
      June 18, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Hi Ron,

      Sorry to hear that! Our support team has investigatede the issue and everything seems to be in working order. Woud you try downloading it again?
      If you continue to have problems, please don't hesitate to contact me at

      All the best,
      -Lookeen Team-